Thursday night, Solange Knowles set a cool vibe as DJ at the opening of Ferragamo's recently re-designed Fifth Avenue boutique spinning new hits like Azealia Banks' "212" and classics such as Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go." The stylish Brooklynite was dressed in head-to-toe Ferragamo, of course, pairing bright red paints with a royal purple blazer, black and white splatter printed button down blouse and pink strappy sandals. How does Solange mix and match prints without ending up on our weekly worst-dressed list? "I think the fabrics have a lot to do with it," she explained after finishing her set, "A lot of times, if I’m matching or clashing prints, I make sure they’re the same fabric. I’ll do silks OR cottons. It’s very rare that I’ll do silk prints with a cotton shirt. It kind of sculpturally puts it in the same uniform. It’s instinctual."
It seems her 7-year-old son, Daniel, has picked up his mother's fashionable instinct: "I buy him pieces, but he always puts them together. He likes it. We just did a Mother’s Day shoot, and he was totally unhappy with the selection. He was like, 'I just want to be myself Mommy!' The magazine wanted it to be really formal and he was very unhappy." She continued, "He went through this really weird phase where he would only wear flannels and he would pop one collar in intentionally. Every day. He’s worn his clothes inside out, and when I tried to tell him, his response to me was, 'Everyone lets you do your style; no one tells you how to do your style.' What can you say to that? You gotta let him run with it." Solange recalls that this is not disimilar from her own behavior as a child, "I was very independent in my style early on. I wore tutus for a very long time to any and every event. Luckily I evolved..."
Since Solange and Daniel have moved to New York, the stylish mom has made quite a stir dropping her son off at school in fantastic outfits. But, she disagrees, "My morning style, if you could write a fart sound, that's exactly what I look like." We don't believe you, Solange... "Oh my God, I'm telling you, I look like crap. It might be because there's a lot of stuff going on that it looks like there's a sense of style." She continued, "My getting dressed doesn't happen until well after I've dropped him off at school. I wake up and grab Union Jack leggings, Adidas sneakers and a sweatshirt. Then, when I get home, I get dressed for the day. I'm not a morning person."
Sounds more stylish than what your average Carroll Gardens mom might put together. But, then again, we're talking about the 25-year-old sister of Beyonce, who has been in the fashion and entertainment industry her entire life. This connection explains Solange's presence at the Ferragamo fete, which was, in part, celebrating the brand's creative director Massimiliano Giornetti's re-invention of the Italian fashion house from one you might associate with your ultra chic grandmother to one that recalls the coolest girls about town. Take a peek in our gallery below for photos of Solange, fellow DJs Chelsea Leyland and Hannah Bronfman, members of the Ferragamo family and more guests:
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